Artists are given a challenge every two months to create a NEW piece of work that incorporates a designated theme. We find that having parameters and accountability help motivate and inspire us. Salons last three to four hours and are often hosted by in a member’s home. During this time each artist shares their artwork and reflects on their creative process. Feedback is welcome and supportive. We also take time to enjoy a small lunch together.
1000 Oak Street (at 10th Street)
August 11, 2017. 5 – 10 p.m.
The photograph that has become known as “Migrant Mother” is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month’s trip photographing migratory farm labor around the state for what was then the Resettlement Administration. In 1960, Lange gave this account of the experience:
I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.”
Enjoy the best—and biggest—street market in the Bay this summer with OMCA and Off the Grid! Friday Nights @ OMCA is now open an extra hour later, and expands onto Oak Street, adding even more food trucks to help quench your thirst for delicious local cuisine. Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!
What to expect on August 11:
5–10 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–10 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–10 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9:45 pm: OMCA Store open with great artisan California-themed gifts, apparel, books, toys, and more
5–9:30 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: Gardens open for family fun
5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA, featuring local vendors selling their wares in Redwood Burl area
5–6:30 pm: August resident DJ Suavecito Souldies spinning vinyl in the 10th Street Amphitheater
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in activity: Make a Summer Zine in the OMCA Gardens
6:30–7 pm: Salsa dance instruction with Nick and Serena of Salsa Vale Todo in the 10th Street Ampitheater
6:30–8:30 pm: Live music fromThe Bob and Lenny Show setting the mood in the Oak Street Plaza
7–9 pm: Live music with Latin fusion band Debajo del Agua in the 10th Street Amphitheater
Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.
Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $7 flat fee after 5 pm. Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm.
Still Life: The Salon was held in Pittsburg, California at Erin Mahollitz’s home. A hot summer day of art.
The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Mary Louise Harrington, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tao Graham, Lucy Beck, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, and Katie Osenga.
This month’s theme was “Still Life.” The art and the happy faces speak for themselves.
The 2nd Salon* of the 3rd series of The Art Junket was hosted by Ana Perches.
The Salon was attended by 13 artists: Erin Mahollitz, Katie Strange, Maureen Fitzmahan, Tony Jones, Brian Nelson, Tao Graham, Randolph Torres, Annelise Dohrer, Ana Perches, Katie Osenga, Lucy Beck, Zoey Olbum, and Kate Sbani.
This months’ theme, Genesis, inspired many of us to do a reexamination of our work and our work process. For those of us who have been around for a long time, I believe that our work has reached new heights. We have many new members. The diversity of work and members is seen in the kind of art being produced.
The first meeting of the 3rd series of The Art Junket was hosted by Katie Strange.
The Soirée was attended by 11 artists: Erin Mahollitz, Katie Strange, Maureen Fitzmahan, Lorren Butterwick, Mary Louise Harrington, Tony Jones, Brian Nelson, Tao Graham, Cristian Aguilar, Annelise Dohrer, Ana Perches.
The final soirée of the second series of the Art Junket was held on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Hosted by Mary Louise Harrington’s in Hayward, California – the soirée was attended by artists, Tony Jones, Stacey Kaiser, Mary Louise Harrington, Katie Fitzmahan, David Dallas, Erin Mahollitz, and Maureen Fitzmahan. We were pleased to welcome Kay Adamson, a founder member. Ana Perches and Lorren Butterwick were not able to attend.